Mariana Dale

Early Childhood Education Reporter

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Mariana Dale covers early childhood education for KPCC. She'd previously reported for KJZZ, the public radio station in Phoenix since 2016, where she most recently focused on education.

While at KJZZ, Mariana helped found the engagement reporting project, Q&AZ which led her to answer questions about everything from the history of Japanese internment to saguaro cacti.

Mariana has a strong belief in the power of engaged journalism.

“Connecting with the community at every step makes for better journalism," she said. "I’m excited about the opportunity to focus my attention on a beat that has the potential to improve the lives of Southern California families and caregivers.”

Mariana was born and raised in Arizona and has worked at papers and radio stations in Tucson and Phoenix. She’s also a member of the Next Generation Radio family, and loves “talking about media with the youths!”

Stories by Mariana Dale

California Child Care Spaces Have Been Disappearing For Years. The Pandemic Is Making It Even Harder To Survive

More than 3,000 California child care providers have permanently shut down during the pandemic, but that’s not the only thing we have to worry about.

What LA Child Care Providers Need to Know About Getting the COVID-Vaccine

Child care providers are next on the list in Los Angeles County, Orange County and Pasadena. But there’s still a lot of uncertainty about procedures.

Black Midwives Open South L.A. Facility With The Goal Of 'Empowered' Births

Kindred Space LA is part of an effort to reverse decades of health disparities for women of color at their new community funded birthing center.

SoCal Parents of Littles: How Has Your Child's Behavior Changed During The Pandemic?

Kids who don’t have all the words to express their frustrations tend to act out instead. If you’re a parent or caregiver of a kid 5 and under, we want to hear about your experiences.

Virtual Preschool Blues? Untameable Tantrums? LAUSD Has A Helpline For Parents And Teachers

Parents, caregivers and teachers of young children can call 213-443-0165 to get help navigating virtual learning, tantrums, anxiety and whatever else is on their mind.

California Budget Proposal Expands Transitional Kindergarten, But Does Little To Support Child Care Industry In Crisis

One proposal: tap cannabis tax revenue to fund child-care vouchers for low-income families.

How To Process A Scary Day For The Nation With Your Kids

Confusion, unrest, fear, uncertainty… It’s a lot, so we reached out to LA-based therapist for tips on how to make sense of a senseless event.

Estimated $1 Billion For California Child Care In Federal Coronavirus Relief Package

California funneled most of the money from the first coronavirus stimulus bill into subsidies for providers, vouchers for child care and waiving fees for low-income families.

Thousands Of California Child Care Providers Have Closed. A New Child Care Union Aims To Save The Rest

It took two decades for the union to organize -- and now it has to save its members from the ravages of the pandemic.

Child Care Providers And Parent Anxiety Rises With Coronavirus Case Count

Only a small fraction of daycares have had outbreaks, but even one confirmed case can close a classroom or family child care home for weeks.

A 10-Year Plan For Early Childhood In California With Uncertain Next Steps

It’ll cost the state an additional $2 billion to $12 billion to overhaul California’s early childhood system and there aren’t many details on where that money will come from. In the words of one child advocate, “Great roadmap, but now let's show us the money.”

Future California Might Have Universal Preschool, But It Will Take Billions (For Starters)

Gov. Gavin Newsom’s ambitions to expand and improve California for young children and their families are outlined and explained in a new Master Plan for Early Learning and Care.

How Snail Mail Connected This San Gabriel Valley School District To Its Youngest Students

What does it take to ship 912 miniature elephants in the mail? Determined teachers and a little creativity.

California Is Reshaping Its Child Care And Early Education Programs — Here's How You Can Weigh In

The state is spending $5 million to reshape child care and early childhood education in California. If you have ideas the time is running out to share them.

Child Care Can Help LA Families Financially Survive The Pandemic, But It's Still Unavailable For Many

Three reasons: many early education programs are located on shuttered school campuses, staff themselves are struggling to find child care and public health guidelines limit class sizes to prevent the spread of COVID-19.